Island sports: 83rd Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament
The Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament, one of Northern California’s oldest and most prestigious amateur golf events, will begin play this Saturday, April 17 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. And the public is welcome to come out and watch the action – free!
The Alameda Commuters is considered by many to be the “Masters” of amateur golf in Northern California. It is run by a 40-man committee of “green coats” (and these green coats pre-date those of the more famous Masters). All players who compete must have a handicap of five or less to be eligible. As usual, we have a full field of 224 of Northern California’s finest amateur players for this year’s event. Many of Alameda’s top players will compete.
There are many exciting players whom have entered this year’s event, including defending champion Travis Taylor, 2010 San Francisco City champion George Gandranata, four-time Commuters champion Rick Reinsberg and 2010 San Francisco City champion and Alameda Junior Golf member Carlos Briones.
Also scheduled to play is 2010 San Francisco City women’s champion and Alameda Junior Golf member Samantha Esquerra, who will be competing along side Jenni Jenq and Tiffany Lim. These talented ladies will play against the men from the same championship tees.
Alameda’s champions include Howard Stovel, Earl Fry Jr., Talbert Smith, Don Whitt, Bob Unthank, Bob Blomberg, Doug Poole (the youngest champion) and Dong Yi.
For a list of all starting times, log on to www.alamedacommuters.org. The tournament will be played on Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18, and on April 24 and 25. The golf complex is at 1 Clubhouse Memorial Road.